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Lisanne's Layers (comments in main discussion thread please)

Started by Lisanne, October 29, 2018, 12:46:17 pm

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Lisanne

Having said I won't take part this year, I will of course do the planning part  ;D
So I may as well start the ball rolling with a personal thread.

It may not look possible to be simpler than last year, but my current 'plan' is even easier than that was.
Here's my constant inspiration photo


Plan :
1 RTW blouse, very similar to the Liesl & Co Recital blouse

https://oliverands.com/shop/recital-shirt-sewing-pattern.html

1 pair pants
slim view of Merchant & Mills 101 trouser

https://merchantandmills.com/store/patterns/the-101-trouser/

Nine Layers
100 Acts of Sewing Tunic No.1
including sleeveless, and open fronted as a jacket - this is a 'one pattern many looks' plan.
This is my 'Core 4' from last year

Tunic No.1 is top left.
The paper pattern comes in 2 size groups
https://shop.100actsofsewing.com/collections/frontpage/products/100-acts-of-sewing-tunic-no-1-sewing-pattern-sizes-xs-xl
The pdf pattern with Sonya Philips' Creative Bug class has all 8 sizes
https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/wardrobe-basics-sewing-tunic-no-1-with-sonya-philip

This sort of very simple shape has almost infinite potential for variations, using every type of fabric, with embellishment, simple pattern hacks. . .
There are many simple patterns like this, but most are rectangles and as I'm very pear shaped I like one with sloping sides.
(Well it's more the lovely simple concept.  This specific pattern needs care - be sure to check finished measures before using.)
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs


Lisanne

And scroll down on my pinterest boards for pages of style elements
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/sewingplums/

There are many 'variation' ideas, though no pattern making instructions, in these posts :
https://sewingplums.com/2011/07/02/first-patterns-for-fall-workwear-and-simple-style-changes/
https://sewingplums.com/2011/07/09/first-patterns-for-fall-casuals/
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Lisanne

Examples of amazing 90s inspiration books :
Rusty Bensussen - Making a complete wardrobe from 4 basic patterns.
Borrow & Rosenberg - Hassle-free make your own clothes book.
Bottom & Chaney - Make it your own.
They do look very 'over the top' to modern taste, but great fun and full of ideas for changing a basic pattern.  Many of the styles make us laugh now, but most pattern making and sewing techniques are still the same.

Some of the modern books and videos with the same aim are linked in the
https://sewingplums.com/2017/07/04/simple-pattern-altering/
post.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Lisanne

How fascinating.
Have done the palette of my inspiration photo.  (Thanks Melinda)

I wear lots of tan and taupe, also cool grey which works well for me but is not included.
Revelation - it had never occurred to me burgundy tones might be a good accent, I'll have to try  ;D
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Lisanne

Two years ago I made SWAP plans at 3 levels of sewing difficulty.
I suggested a variety of patterns rather than thinking what is possible in 4 months with my slow fitting and slow sewing - see Box Top SWAPs in https://www.pinterest.co.uk/sewingplums.

This year I'm emphasising One Pattern Many Looks so I'm limiting myself to one pattern for each garment type.  These patterns have some ready-made style elements but can also be changed.

Level 2, 2019 :
The more 'crafter' end of my style spectrum : the same blouse and pants with these layers :

Wiksten Tova smock
https://shopwiksten.com/collections/womens-sewing-patterns/products/womens-tova-top-dress-sewing-pattern-pdf



Wiksten Kimono
https://shopwiksten.com/collections/all/products/womens-kimono-jacket-sewing-pattern-1?variant=12444900032598



Level 3, 2019 :
The more 'chic' end of my style spectrum, the same blouse with a Vogue 'wardrobe' pattern, either :

Vogue 9067, 5 Easy Pieces - these are some of them :
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9067



or  Very Easy Vogue 9063 (which as usual with Vogue is not very easy at all)
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9063

Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Lisanne

Of course I'm much better at writing posts about sewing than at actually doing it  ;D
My SWAP plan includes starting from a pullover pattern and adapting it to make a jacket/shirt/vest.

I've now completed a group of 4 posts on the pattern making and sewing involved in making front openings :
https://sewingplums.com/2018/12/01/pattern-making-for-front-openings-1-zip-button-band
https://sewingplums.com/2018/12/06/pattern-making-for-front-openings-1b-adding-extras-to-a-front-band
https://sewingplums.com/2018/12/06/pattern-making-for-front-openings-2-combined-facing-to-front-edge-and-neckline
https://sewingplums.com/2018/12/06/pattern-making-for-front-openings-2b-adding-to-a-front-neckline-facing

And here is a old post on the reverse :
https://sewingplums.com/2009/11/03/from-shirt-to-pullover-close-opening-check-neckline

P.S. I promise I am also making progress on making a Tunic No.1   ;D
Have finished the toile and started on 'the real thing'.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Lisanne

Colouring - my personal colours (hair, skin, eyes) are all neutrals.  So I have no problem with wearing neutrals, I have more trouble with accents !
But I have got mixed cool-warm colouring - cool hair, warm skin.
Here I am with Imogen Lamport's test cards for cool-warm.

Although the cool colours go with my hair and lips,
- cover over the warm card and the colours look 'off', I look drained,
- cover the cool card and the warms look congruent, the same photo looks cheerful.
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Lisanne

Here is a photo I made years ago to illustrate my style.



I don't find monochrome neutrals boring at all !
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs